Election observers on Thursday criticized the Afghan government and international donors for not providing the budget of the upcoming presidential polls which has been estimated at $149 million.
The draft budget has been approved by the Presidential Palace, the chairwoman of the election commission Hawa Alam Nuristani said on July 10, but according to her, the amount has not been transferred to the electoral body.
“The inattention by the international community is questionable and we see it as a failure for the upcoming elections,” said Yusuf Rasheed, the CEO of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.
“The government and the [international] community are not providing the required support to the election commission in terms of technical, budget and oversight and this is worrying,” said Sughra Saadat, a spokeswoman for Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan. “This means that the international community does not want the [presidential] elections on September 28.”
Meanwhile, the former head of the Independent Election Commission, Fazl Ahmad Manawi, said the international community uses the elections as a pressure tool for making the Taliban accelerate the peace talks.
On the other hand, he said, “the Afghan government wants to hold the elections ahead of a possible peace deal”.
Manawi said there is a conflict of ideas between the international community and the Afghan government on the timeline of the presidential elections.